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GOP's Future Questioned After Presidential Loss

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Last night was a very disappointing loss for Mitt Romney and the Republican party as a whole. But this morning he wasn't the only one reassessing what went wrong. Locally the Republican Victory Party at the Peppermill in Reno cleared out quickly just after the announcement that Barack Obama had won. They didn't even wait for the results in the other races.

University of Nevada political science professor Eric Herzik says the Republican party, as a whole, is in for change to survive.

"The Republican party is at a crossroads today," Herzik said, "where I'm sure even longtime leaders are scratching their heads asking the same thing, 'How can we fix this?!'"

Fred Lokken, who teaches political science at Truckee Meadows Community College says it all comes down to a word you seldom hear from politicians these days: compromise.

"For Republicans this is an opportunity for reflection," Lokken said. "But for the party to be credible in the 21st century they need to move to the center. To them moderate is a bad word. But the reality is they haven't had a moderate agenda since Ronald Reagan."

All through the campaigns and even through last night's speeches candidates stuck to their talking points and their ideals. While the Democrats made that work to reach a diverse group, analysts say the Republicans have some growing to do.

Written by Erin Breen

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